Participants

2019 Participants

Gail D Kosienski is in her 16th year as a Computer Programming and Business teacher at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Penn State Behrend in 1994.  Gail worked as the Controller of Presbyterian Homes in the Presbytery of Lake Erie.  She was with the company for eight years.  Gail had a love for accounting but strong desire to work with the public and make a difference in someone’s life.  This led her to business education.  In 2003, she earned her teaching certification from Mercyhurst College.  Over the course of her teaching career, she has taught Visual Basic, Java, JavaScript, Mobile App Programming, Computer Literacy, Computer Applications, and other business classes.  Last summer she participated in the NSA’s Cyber Gen program at Penn State University.   As one of the leaders in the inaugural year of Cochranton’s recent addition of a STEM Academy, she continues to actively seek STEM experiences.

Thomas Dempsey has been teaching high school mathematics and engineering at Little Valley Central and Forestville Central in New York state for the past 26 years. He has taught high school Geometry, Trigonometry, and pre-calculus.  He is also currently an adjunct teacher for Jamestown Community College.  He teaches college pre-calculus and Calculus. He is a 1989 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering Technology. He worked as a sales engineer in Syracuse NY for Northern Technical Sales for 3 years after graduating from RIT. In 1992 he returned to college for my teaching degree where he received his Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education from Fredonia State College. In 1996, he went to SUNY Stony Brook with Dr. Thomas Liao for training to teach Principles of Engineering. As a teacher with an engineering background, he feels it is important to introduce our students to STEM classes and their applications in different engineering fields.

Jeremy Reed is in his 11th year teaching math and computer science at General McLane High School.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Penn State Behrend in 2003 and a Masters of Education in Middle/Secondary Instruction from Edinboro University in 2008.  He has taught Algebra I/II, Geometry, C++ Programming, and Swift Coding.  During the summer of 2018, Jeremy worked as a camp director for iD Tech Camps at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.

Hassiba Makour is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Advanced Technology Education (ATE), a non-profit organization that was founded in March 2019 immediately after her successful implementation of an advanced robotics engineering program launched in August 2018 at Horizon Science Academy High school. She is an engineer by trade; she earned her master degree in telecommunication in 1998, and her bachelor’s in electronics engineering in 1995 from the University of Science and Technology of Algiers. She also holds two secondary ODE teaching licenses, one in integrated mathematics and another one in Career teaching education. She has experience as an engineering adjunct professor at Columbus state community college, as chairwomen of the department of engineering and technology at ITT technical institute, and as a computer science and engineering teacher at an all girls’ private school in Columbus.  She also has traveled and worked abroad in Africa, Asia and Europe.  Prior to teaching she also worked in the industrial field as a manufacturing engineer, a quality insurance engineer and as a design engineer.

Patricia Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Mechatronics at CCAC’s West Hill Center in Oakdale, PA. She received her Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in manufacturing as a quality and process engineer for Toyota and taught electro-mechanical courses at Jackson State Community College in Tennessee prior to returning to Pittsburgh. After having worked as an engineer in a manufacturing facility, she witnessed the prevalence of jobs that provide family-sustaining incomes available to individuals with technical skills. These skills can be attained without burdening individuals with four years of schooling and large debt. She wants to help individuals, regardless of gender identity, learn the necessary skills so that they can be successful and enjoy their lives.

Andrew Valentine – Andrew is in his first-year teaching Technology Education at Seneca High School (Wattsburg Area School District). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 2018. He currently teaches CAD, Intro to Technology Education with focus in Transportation/Electrical/ Structural Design, Woodworking. The courses have an emphasis of using engineering modeling software, 3-D printing, and problem-based learning. He additionally had the experience during student teaching to teach robotics and Project Lead the Way Engineering courses.  He has a background of working in the construction field as an electrician helper and carpenter helper. He has a passion for teaching students how to problem-solve, design, and create projects.

Tony Klejna is currently teaching Nanotechnology and Electrical Engineering Technology at SUNY Erie (Erie Community College) in New York and working to integrate IIoT into the curriculum. He received his Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and Masters in Education from the State University College at Buffalo. As an electrical engineer he has worked as a project engineer in a public power utility, a product design engineer in electric motor manufacturing, and as an application engineer for a Fortune 100 company. As an educator he developed a pre-engineering curriculum and internship program in cooperation with UAW-GM. As an early adopter of online education and distance learning he was Director of Educational Technology and Distance Learning at Daemen College. He also is one of the leaders in the adoption of streaming media technologies and has trained both corporate and educational leaders in Asia, Europe, and North America. He continues to write and speak on the topic and is working to integrate IIoT with media technologies.

Katrin Ayrapetov is in her seventh year teaching mathematics at Mercyhurst Prep School. She has taught Algebra, PreCalculus, Statistics, Calculus and various math courses for the International Baccalaureate program.   In addition to classroom teaching, she is a moderator for Math Club and Quiz Bowl club. Katrin also works as an online chat supervisor and a proofreader at Larson Texts. Katrin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University. Katrin loves teaching and working in a school. She also enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family.

Mariea Sargent – I have been the Drafting & Design Instructor at Erie County Technical School since 2005. We incorporated 3D printing into our lab in 2008 and we utilize Project-Based learning throughout the secondary level courses. During our 3-year program, my students navigate 45 courses in our American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) approved curriculum and graduate at the maximum high school rank available of “Apprentice Drafter”. My classroom utilizes AutoDESK 2019 software in the study of mechanical and architectural drafting. With our newest 3D printer purchase, we switched from Catalyst to GrabCAD 3D printing software. After earning a degree from Triangle Tech in Mechanical Drafting with CAD, I apprenticed under chief engineers at Suburban Tool & Die in Erie, PA learning the facets of plastic injection mold design. I worked in the mold design industry for several years, then transitioned into teaching when Erie’s tooling market took a downturn. I taught at the post-secondary level for Triangle Tech, CAMTech, NWIRC, RCTC at the Erie County Technical School, Edinboro University and Penn State Behrend. Prior to earning my Vocational Education teaching credentials from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I provided CAD training and consulting to various business in the region. In addition to working with my high school drafters, I currently teach a Beginning Teacher’s class for Indiana University of Pennsylvania to help transition industry workers into their career as
Vo-Ed teachers.

Evan TeCulver is a Technology Education Teacher at Panama Central School in Panama New York. Evan has been at Panama Central School for 5 years. Before Panama, Evan taught Technology Education at Gateway-Longview in Williamsville New York for 3 years. Evan is a graduate of Buffalo State College, where he received his both his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Tech Ed. Evan currently teaches Introduction to Technology 8, Design and Drawing for Production, Architectural Drawing/Residential Structures, Media Productions, Energy and Power and Product Design. Evans courses stress the development of strong technical problem solving skills, the application and incorporation of the design/engineering process in any aspect of life, CAD skills, rapid prototyping, and work ethic. Evan is also Panamas technology club leader and Head Varsity Baseball coach.

Zachary Rhodes is currently employed at Conneaut High School where he teach Physics and Chemistry. He has also taught physical science, biology, and forensic science for Conneaut schools. This is his 5th year teaching and all 5 years have been for Conneaut. He graduated from the University of Akron in December of 2013 with BA in education for integrated science grades 7-12. He started an environmental club here at the high school 3 years ago and also coach the academic challenge team.

Aaron Wood is currently finishing his first year of teaching algebra 1 at North East High School, North East PA. He received his B.S. in mathematics with a minor in statistics from Penn State Behrend, Erie PA, in 2009. In 2011 he earned his M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA. He has 5 years of teaching experience including private, charter, and public schools where he has taught prealgebra, algebra, geometry, and precalculus. Aaron also has extensive tutoring experience in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. In addition, Aaron has worked in the juvenile rehabilitation field for 3 and a half years and has a good rapport, empathy for, and understanding of diverse student populations. His personal experience and passion is to make mathematics accessible to students who may not think of math as something they enjoy or would choose for themselves. To this end, Aaron seeks to create lessons that inspire a passion for mathematics by demonstrating the genius, beauty, power, and usefulness of the subject.

 

Milinda McCorkle – Milinda has been a CTE Pre-Engineering/Math teacher at Erie High School for the past 6 years.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University and her Master’s in Education at Edinboro University.   She began her career of 12 years at Lord Corporation as a process engineer for their Materials and Process Development Team at which she had developed an interest in engineering and manufacturing.  She is currently teaching Pre-Engineering at Erie High School with the focus on Engineering design and 3D modeling and is an advisor for their Battlebot competition teams.   Milinda enjoys teaching and bringing creativity in design to many of her students with hopes to encourage more young women to pursue a career in engineering.

M. Raymond Ng is in his 9th year teaching Mathematics and Technology at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Arts in Industrial Technology from Sam Houston State University in Texas and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He previously worked with RCS Information Systems for few years in computer services and at Weltronics, Hong Kong, for a year as a sales executive. In addition to various high school mathematics classes, he has taught elective courses in Computer Applications and Microsoft Office, and, currently, he teaches 3D Printing and Modeling, Computer-Aided Drafting/Design, Introduction to Programming, Exploratory Engineering, and Introduction to Robotics. He has been one of the Prep STEM electives teachers and STEM education system integrators at the school.  As result, Cathedral Preparatory School has an average of about 71% of senior class students who have selected STEM and STEM-related business fields as their college majors over the past decade.

2018 Participants

Aaron Straus  Aaron is Instructional Coach for Science and Technology at Salamanca City School District.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from SUNY College at Buffalo and STEM Teaching Certificate at the American College of Education. While serving as an Instructional Coach for Science and Technology, Aaron lead a taskforce to design a STEM-wing modeled after a manufacturing firm and introduced a college-credit certificate program in 3-D modeling, industrial robotics, and biomedical technology.  Over the course of his career, Aaron taught numerous elementary and secondary courses in Robotics, trades and instructional technology. His passions include curriculum development, technology integration, and academy programs in STEM.  www.steamlearningsolutions.org.

Nick Cocolin – Nick is a Business Education Teacher at Iroquois Jr/Sr High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Gannon University in 2002 and his teaching certification from Mercyhurst University in 2008. Nick is in his 8th year at the Iroquois School District, previously working one year as a long term substitute in the General McLane School District. While at Iroquois, he has taught secondary courses including Computer Applications, Web Design, Personal Finance, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Nick worked in the insurance and restaurant industries.

Paul McMahon – Paul is a 5th year science and robotics teacher at Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools in Hermitage, PA. He previously served in the military for 6 years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer where he learned amongst other skills the capability of robots. He started a robotics program three years ago competing in the Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) robotics competition three times in Grove City and the RoboBot competition once in Meadville, PA. Over the past two years, he acquired over $17,000 in grant money and was able to purchase a CNC Mill for use in robotics competitions and the newly started Engineering Academy that will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Engineering Academy will be a 4-year program that aspiring Engineers/ Manufacturers can take to develop the core skills necessary to enter the manufacturing field upon leaving high school, enroll in a technical school, or pursue an Engineering degree in the discipline of their choice.

John Wingerter – John is a CTE instructor at Erie High School in the Erie School Districtin Pennsylvania. John’s field of instruction is defined by CIP code 15.9999 (Engineering Technologies). His career encompasses 25+ years in the areas of engineering and manufacturing spanning the industries of Oil and Gas, Medical Sterilization, Transportation, Electronic Signage, and Steel Products and Services. John holds an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Bachelors in Business, and an MBA with specialization in Project Management. John has held leadership positions in several organizations and was active with Pennsylvania’s Workforce Development Board. John believes in our youth and his passions drive him to transfer his experiences into his teaching to prepare students for the future.

M. Raymond Ng is in his 9th year teaching Mathematics and Technology at Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Arts in Industrial Technology from Sam Houston State University in Texas and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He previously worked with RCS Information Systems for few years in computer services and at Weltronics, Hong Kong, for a year as a sales executive. In addition to various high school mathematics classes, he has taught elective courses in Computer Applications and Microsoft Office, and, currently, he teaches 3D Printing and Modeling, Computer-Aided Drafting/Design, Introduction to Programming, Exploratory Engineering, and Introduction to Robotics. He has been one of the Prep STEM electives teachers and STEM education system integrators at the school.  As result, Cathedral Preparatory School has an average of about 71% of senior class students who have selected STEM and STEM-related business fields as their college majors over the past decade.

John Knox – John teaches STEM at the middle schoollevel as well as Computer Science at the High School level at Harbor Creek School District.  He has been teaching for twenty four years.  His middle schoolers equate this with having taught for an infinite number of years.  He has also coached the High School First Robotics team HCRC, team 2544 for the last 9 seasons as well as coaching two middle school First Lego League teams.  John has an A.S. in Petroleum Technology from University of Pittsburgh, a B.S. in Science Education from Edinboro University, and an Education Technology certificate from Gannon University.  He has taught General Science, Biology, STEM, Consumer Science, Computer Networking, and Applied Computer Technology.  He has also been a Classrooms For the Future (CFF) coach for Harbor Creek.  He has had a lifelong interest in technology and engineering.  He still uses the same rollaway toolbox he received for Christmas in 1980.

Dana Kruse – Dana is in his 8th year of teaching Machine Tool Technology at the CTC at Corry MHS, a comprehensive high school, in Corry, PA.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from Penn State and his Vocational Education certifications from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He taught eight years of post -secondary education at Camtech and RCTC.  He worked 15 years in industry at various manufacturing positions at GE, Lord Corp. and Zurn Industries.   Dana is an advisor for the robotics team competing at the RoboBot competition and he is a Skills USA advisor for CNC machining.  He enjoys teaching and seeing his students become successful in the paths that they have chosen.

John Namey – John has been a Math teacher and and sports coach at Jefferson High School for 4 years. He obtained his BS in Mathematics from The Ohio State University. Through a Resident Educator License through ODE, he has taken the mathematical theory he learned from OSU back to his hometown of Jefferson. John has worked with computer programming throughout college and into his professional career.

Scott McCurdy – Scott is in his 12th year in public education.  He earned his undergraduate degree and teaching certifications from Grove City College and has worked with students at all levels in the subjects of Physics, Mathematics, and General Sciences. His teaching background includes 11 years in the classroom where he worked extensively on STEM-related initiatives. He connected local employers with his classroom curriculum and helped facilitate STEM professional development across the state of Maryland. Scott has also coached JV and Varsity sports during his career. Along the way, he earned his M.Ed. in School Administration through Liberty University and is currently the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School. His most recent STEM-related ambitions focus on piloting the school’s first group of students to work through a newly created STEM Academy.

Amanda Lasky – Amanda teaches at Erie High School. She graduated from Penn State Behrend and became an Assistant Project Manager in Manufacturing.  Then, after 4 years as an Inside Sales Rep at a local Packaging Distributor, she decided to pursue a career in Teaching. In 2012, Amanda graduated from Edinboro University with a Master’s in Education. She is always eager to learn and has taught a variety of courses in the high school and post-secondary levels, including: Linear Equations, Academic Math, Consumer Math,Digital Literacy, 3D Model Animation, Web Design, Accounting, Business Math, Economics, Nonprofit Management, Operations Management, Statistics, Computer Apps, Freshman Seminar, Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, Intro to Business, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing. Previous research work includes with Behrend’s Math Dept. as an Undergraduate student, with Edinboro’s School of Business as a Graduate student, and with PSU’s Social Sciences as a Field Interviewer. She also enjoys volunteering in the community.

Eric Shotts – Hailing from Smicksburg, Pa.  and a 2002 graduate from Punxsutawney Area High School. I am a Technology Education teacher for Warren County School District (WCSD) at Eisenhower Middle High School. This is my 10th year teaching technology education at WCSD with 2 previous years at the Tidioute Community Charter School. I received my Bachelor of Science from Edinboro University in Health and Physical Education and Teaching Certification in 2007. I added my Technology Education Certification in 2009. I also received my Masters of Ed. in Technology Education from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015. While teaching I have taught various courses including: Exploring Technology, Applying Technology, Creating Technology, Engineering Design and Applications, Multimedia, Manufacturing Technology, Bio-Related Technology, Innovation and Invention, Technological Design and Systems, and Health Education. Over the past 3 years I have been awarded grants totaling over $15,000 for improvements to the classroom and school courtyard. Due to a grant I was awarded Eisenhower Middle High School became the first Warren County School to offer 3D printing besides the Warren County Career Center. Nearing the end of the 2018 school year I piloted a 9 week Robotics program with hopes of implementing it into the STEM initiative curriculum. I am a 4 year Industry Club Advisor with a winning presentation team at the Jamestown Community College Expo in 2013. I have been the SADD (students against destructive decisions) Club Advisor for the past 5 years.  I also have co-taught a summer robotics program for the last 4 years featuring the Lego Mindstorms NXT platform.

Pat Regan – Pat has been teaching mathematics, physics, and computers applications for twenty-seven years at Northwestern High School.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Penn State Behrend and his teaching certification from Edinboro University.  Pat has been a lead teacher in the Northwestern STEM program with the emphasis of creating a district wide program that promotes collaborations from all the disciplines with emphasis on the schools Agriculture program, Foods Science program, Tech ed, and science/math programs.  For the past several years Pat has coached students in state wide and national  events in KidWinds, Science Olympiad, and Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Pat is a 2018 Khan Academy Ambassador.  He enjoys teaching and learning new skills to help his students.

Milinda McCorkle – Milinda has been a CTE Pre-Engineering/Math teacher at Erie High School for the past 6 years.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University and her Master’s in Education at Edinboro University.   She began her career of 12 years at Lord Corporation as a process engineer for their Materials and Process Development Team at which she had developed an interest in engineering and manufacturing.  She is currently teaching Pre-Engineering at Erie High School with the focus on Engineering design and 3D modeling and is an advisor for their Battlebot competition teams.   Milinda enjoys teaching and bringing creativity in design to many of her students with hopes to encourage more young women to pursue a career in engineering.